[Editor’s note, new information:
The stabbing victims, Jasper T. Howard and another as yet unnamed person were discovered on Hillside Road by a UConn Police officer after being informed of the fight. It was also disclosed today that Howard’s girlfriend is pregnant with their child. A press conference on the tragedy was held at UConn this afternoon. A meeting with team members was held at 6 a.m. today (Oct. 18)]
As of noon on Sunday, Oct. 18 the person who stabbed and killed 20-year-old UConn student and football player, Jasper T. Howard, early this morning is still at large.
According to police and news media reports, Howard was rushed to St. Francis Hospital after an incident that occurred on campus at about 12:30 a.m.
The campus alert sent at about 3:30 a.m. via text messaging and email to students and UConn faculty by UConn Police states: “In the early morning hours of 10.18.09, a fight and stabbing occurred near Hillside Road in the center of Storrs campus. The perpetrator is still at large, whereabouts unknown. Police are actively investigating this incident and anyone with information is asked to contact the UConn Police at 860-486-4800.”
Most students learned about the incident, however, when it was reported this morning on UConn’s WHUS radio by an announcer reading from an online story posted by the Connecticut affiliate of NBC News.
The announcer was filling in for another staff member whose car had been impounded as police locked down areas of campus involved in the incident, including the Student Union where the WHUS studio is located.
According to NBC, Howard died at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford after he was flown from Windham Hospital.
Howard was stabbed during a fight that broke out in the area of the Student Union, where a social event was being held.
According to UConn Police Major Ronald Blicher, the fight began after someone pulled the fire alarm and the Student Union was evacuated.
According to the WHUS report, the field house across from the Student Union also has been sealed off by police, which suggests the fight may have continued at that location.
Howard was a junior at UConn and a starting cornerback from Miami.
NBC reported that there was a second stabbing victim, who has been treated and released from the hospital.
Police have not released the victim’s identity or confirmed whether this person is a student at UConn.
The State Police Major Crimes Unit is assisting UConn Police in the investigation.
Posted Oct. 18, 2009, updated at 7 p.m.
Related Link: UConn sports bio – Jasper Howard